When we moved into our house, it came with a big blank wall on one side of the garage. Originally, we painted a geometric pattern on it but after two years I was ready for something new. I got it into my head that I would repaint the wall, but I didn’t know what I wanted to paint yet. This story is going to seem long and rambling for a minute, but I promise it all ties together and comes back around to the mural at the end.

Fast forward a few months and we decided to re-decorate our living room. It was full of bulky black shelves (that house the hundreds and hundreds of vinyl albums other M collects) and made the already tiny room feel smaller and darker than it was.


So we ditched the dark stuff and went bright and clean. Suddenly, we found ourselves with a lot of wall space and nothing to cover it. The obvious solution: a gallery wall!



We promptly filled it with an art print of “The Hound” from Ikea, two photos by Mary Costa Photography, one of the pieces from my collaboration with Sugar & Cloth, a custom Dance Yrself Clean print (that we made together), and a piece of artwork that came with The National’s album “Trouble Will Find Me.” But we still had one big space left above the TV.

Because buying and building new furniture, figuring out what to fill a gallery wall with, and sort of planning to re-paint a 28′ x 8′ wall wasn’t enough, we were also on the hunt for new couch pillows. Adulting 101: they get kind of gross after a couple years and even the washing machine can’t save you if you haven’t been proactive about cleaning them.

I had a LOT of trouble finding pillows I liked. I don’t know why. I’m not particularly difficult about throw pillows, there just didn’t seem to be a lot out there. Until Oh Joy! announced their fall 2016 collection for Target that included this amazing find:



BINGO. Done and done. Then it came to me:

Paint the mural the same colors as the pillows.

Take a family photo in front of the mural.

Enlarge the the photo, frame it, and hang it in the empty space in the gallery wall.

The colors in the photo will match the throw pillows on the couch, and everything will have subtle cohesive undertones. GENIUS.

Somewhere in the midst of all this, Sugar & Cloth posted a call for wall space to create color walls in different U.S. cities. They have their own mural in Houston, The Sugar and Cloth Color Wall, and it’s incredible. Simple, but so fun and versatile! I offered up my garage, but they needed spaces that are accessible to the public and our wall is not. The color wall stuck with me though, and I ended up creating a variation of it anyway. And finally, the reveal!




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Pillow by Oh Joy! for Target.


A new mural, a new living room, and a new appreciation for how long it takes to paint some simple stripes. Now who wants to come over and take pictures!?


It’s Ruby’s birthday/adoption anniversary! We’ve had her for 2 years, so to celebrate we snapped some pics in front of our new backyard mural (more on that later) and are giving her a big doggy birthday treat. Happy birthday love bug! To read more about Ruby’s adoption story, see this post from last year.

Animal rescue is a cause that I care a lot about. It breaks my heart to think about all the pets who, by no fault of their own, were lost, abandoned, or worse, only to end up in a rescue or shelter potentially at risk of being killed. Why should they have to pay the ultimate price for the bad behavior and irresponsibility displayed by humans? I’ve accepted that I can’t change other people’s behavior, but I can do some small things to help correct it. One of those things is adopting animals instead of purchasing from a breeder, pet store, or puppy mill and another is vocally supporting the cause when I’m able to. Ruby’s birthday is one of those times.

We don’t know much about Ruby’s life before she came to us, but I can tell you that (while she certainly has her challenges) she is a happy, healthy, sweetheart of a dog and it kills me a little to think that someone else didn’t want her or couldn’t take care of her. Look at that face!




Happy 8th(ish) birthday snugglebug, here’s to many more!


I’m honored to share that I was included in the most recent blog post by Hunting Handmade, an organization dedicated to showcasing Etsy sellers via their Instagram feed and blog. Yesterday, they rounded up a few of their favorite Instagrammers and I made the list! See the full post right here, and I encourage you to check out their account, @etsyhunter, for some truly incredible makers and artists. Thanks for the feature!



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